Connecting With Kids By *Ignoring* Their Interests

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This post on connecting with kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Today’s tip for connecting with kids is a bit… unconventional. So often as parents we are told to encourage our children’s interests. I agree [...]

Camping-themed reading picnic for kids

Enjoy a reading picnic with your kids

Reading together is one of the most obvious, healthy, and successful ways to connect with your kids. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that message loud and clear from everyone from your pediatrician, your child’s teachers, friends and family, and every family expert source everywhere. But reading together doesn’t have to mean just the standard bedtime [...]

Free Printable Activity Book for Kids: Summer Boredom Busters!

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It’s that exciting time that kids wait for all year: Summer Vacation! We want summertime to be packed with laughter and moments of discovery for kids. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring some extra creative fun to your children this summer, with our FREE 10-page Boredom Busters printable activity [...]

15 Tips for Bedtime From Everyday Moms

15 Tips for Bedtime from Everyday Moms

This post on connecting with your child at bedtime is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Bedtime. [urg] It can truly be a challenge, especially for parents of younger children. When my girls were toddlers, I sometimes dreaded bedtime [...]

Family vacation tips: Keep the peace and connect with your kids!

Connecting with your Kids: Spending quality one-on-one time on vacation

Family vacations are one of my very favorite ways to connect with our kids. Getting away from the everyday routine and exploring new places together creates the most vivid memories. With a husband who travels for work and keeps crazy hours, our time with him is precious. When we head out on an adventure, my [...]

The Power of a One-on-One Vacation with Your Child

The Power of a One-on-One Vacation with Your Child

This post on taking a one-on-one vacation with your child is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. I still remember the first time I heard about the concept of a special mom-and-me trip. When my friend told [...]

First day of summer celebration: kick start the funnest season ever!

Last Day of School Celebrations

The last day of school, the first day of summer. Whatever you name that day, it is a major highlight on the calendar for kids everywhere. Want to really connect with your kids? Show them you realize how much this moment means to them with the easiest celebration ideas ever! Our family has a few festive [...]

Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother?

Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother?

Mother’s Day is this weekend and we want to take a moment to pause and ask YOU … Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother? Be sure to pop on over to Facebook and share your answer. Our Blog Ambassadors replied… Watching my husband grow into a great father … and [...]

Connecting After Discipline

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This post on connecting after discipline is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When parents use the term “discipline,” we often think “punishment.” When we discipline our child in this mindset, thinking the goal is to have [...]